CertHE in Health Care Nursing Support Worker Education


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Pontypridd (Campus code - A )



Tuition Fees

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • CQFW level 3 qualification or equivalent and
  • Current live portfolio of evidence of continuing development including a selection of the following:
  • Manual handling passport, evidence of basic life support training, POVA and child protection training, infection control and the ability to reflect on practice through reflective writing.
  • Evidence of practical skills in patient care.
  • Employer support to secure funding.


This 2 year part-time innovative program has been designed to provide continuing higher education for those individuals working as support workers in health care settings. It is essentially a generic award suitable for individuals working in a wide range of specialities and health care environments.

About CertHE in Health Care Nursing Support Worker Education

What you will study


Year 1:

Core modules

  • The Fundamentals of Care & Professional Practice
  • An Introduction to Evidence Based Practice
Year 2:
  • Caring for the Adult Client
  • Lifespan Growth & Development
  • Child and Family Public Health
  • Bio-psychosocial Aspects of Health & Wellbeing
  • Development of Inter-personal Relationships in Helping People with mental Health problems
  • Meeting the Needs of People with a Learning Disability
  • Individual Professional Growth

Year 2 modules are chosen in accordance with your field of practice (adult, child, mental health or learning disability). Each module has explicit theoretical and clinical learning outcomes and will be supported by specific module documentation outlined in a week by week timetable of activities. This will be a live document; one that demands documentary evidence and engagement with the clinical mentor in planning clinical activities and theoretical work, evaluating progress and final assessment.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment for CertHE in Health Care Nursing Support Worker Education

Learning and Teaching methods

You will be required to attend a minimum of 8 study days over the duration of the course. While each module will be supported through study days the majority of the work will be managed by you with the support of academic staff and clinical mentors. Each module will be supported through a timetable of activities and mechanisms will be in place to monitor your engagement and contribution to the course.

You will be assigned a clinical mentor, HCSW Local Board/Trust co-ordinator/manager, personal tutor and academic supervisor.

Assessment methods

There will be both formative and summative assessment. Formative assessment will be via student involvement in guided study activities, reflecting on feedback given and keeping a record within the student portfolio.

Summative assessment will be via theoretical assignments, including using models of reflection to support academic writing, poster presentation, guided scenario based workbook, observational diary, project, patient/client information leaflet and web based enquiry. The achievement of clinical learning and practice outcomes will also demand the use of appropriate intellectual skills.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects for CertHE in Health Care Nursing Support Worker Education


The primary aim of this course is to support the development of the HCSW workforce and to promote standards of care across all contexts of practice. This course will meet the development needs of existing HCSWs and it is anticipated that successful completion of this course could facilitate promotion to Band 4 worker roles in the future, should promotional opportunities emerge. This course is not a means to achieve automatic promotion to band 4 worker roles.

In planning the programme, the curriculum planning team acknowledged and utilised the first year of the new BN (Hons) Nursing Award 2012. This course has developed out of that and therefore this course offers a high degree of congruence and comparability with year 1 of this programme. This facilitates a means to allow recognition of prior learning (RPL) (with limited additional consideration) to the BN (Hons) Nursing Degree.

Additional Information for CertHE in Health Care Nursing Support Worker Education

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Additional Application Form

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